India On Course For a Victory vs Windies After Enforcing Follow-on

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The Indian captain reached the magical three-figure mark on Day 2 of the opening Test between India and the Windies at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. They were bowled out for 181 in their first innings in response to India's 649-9 declared.

Nearly all Indian batsmen reaped the benefit of lacklustre West Indies bowling, with three centuries in the first innings, including Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja.

This was India's biggest innings victory in the longest version of the game.

Continuing his record-breaking spree, Virat Kohli has now successfully placed himself after Sir Don Bradman in the list of fastest to score 24 Test Centuries.

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The former India spinner Murali Kartik believes Mayank Agarwal, who is in a good form in domestic cricket and eventually got his maiden India call this series, should be handed a debut in the second and final Test in Hyderabad.

Kuldeep Yadav picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests, becoming the second Indian bowler after Bhuvneshwar Kumar to take five-fers in all three formats of the game.

Kohli also had praise for the debutant Prithvi Shaw, whose 134 earned him the Player-of-the-Match award.

They didn't seem to learn from the mistakes they had made in the first innings with an overtly attacking style of play spelling doom for them.

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The 23-year-old Kuldeep then rattled the West Indies' top and middle order including big wickets of Powell, Sunil Ambris for nought and Roston Chase, who had top-scored for West Indies in the first innings with his gritty 53. His whirlwind effort in front of his home crowd came after skipper Kohli completed his 24th Test hundred in the morning.

Kohli, unbeaten overnight on 72, reached his landmark inside the second hour with a boundary to fine leg off Bishoo, and reached the break on 120.

India started with spin-pace combination of Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammad Shami.

The West Indies batsmen were guilty of playing too many attacking shots in the first Test against India and going forward stand-in captain Kraigg Brathwaite said they would have to find the right balance between caution and aggression. "Not sure if Holder will be fit for the next game". We are quite disappointed with this loss, we didn't get enough partnerships.

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If day one was an indication between the gulf between two teams in different halves of global arena, Friday widened the gap in the standard of cricket between India and the West Indies, with the hosts toying with the Caribbeans in all departments.

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